Starting AAT Level 3 this week at college

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chezr90
chezr90 Registered Posts: 22 Dedicated contributor 🦉
Hi All,
I'm starting AAT3 this week and wondered if anyone had any advice....am looking forward to working my way through the 12 books!
Should have a few laughs along the way though :)

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  • SashaDella
    SashaDella Registered Posts: 362
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    I start tomorrow as well :)
  • chezr90
    chezr90 Registered Posts: 22 Dedicated contributor 🦉
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    I'll let you know how I get on :)
  • Petana
    Petana Registered Posts: 72 Epic contributor 🐘
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    Hi guys, I am also starting level 3.I am studying at home using the online environment. I am meant to start AP1 next week, but have already received the textbook and started reading through at the weekend. It looks pretty heavy ( big textbook, second book - question banks filled with practice questions and assessments). This will keep me busy for a while. Hopefully will be able to sit exam at the end of October and then AP2 before Xmas. That's the plan and I would be happy if I achieved this. What are your plans ? Best of luck for LVL3 to you all.
  • tawny75
    tawny75 Registered Posts: 22 Dedicated contributor 🦉
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    I start tomorrow as well, I did level 2 by distance learning so this will be very different. It is the first time I have been in a class room for 22 years!
  • esmith91
    esmith91 Registered Posts: 16 Dedicated contributor 🦉
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    Loved doing AAT level 2 with the college by me teacher was great looking forward to level 3 starting though got a new teacher hopefully all will go well
  • Juggling
    Juggling Registered Posts: 3 New contributor 🐸
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    Hi there,

    I'm starting Level 3 soon(whenever books arrive with me!) and I'm still looking for suitable books for self-study(I can use the library in my work place). I did the classroom course for my level 2 in my local college but it was a bit of drive after work. So I looked for other college nearby then the charge over £1200 tuition plus other associate fees and exam fees on top. Plus I didn't like the idea of doing the 2 units per week at the time. After careful consideration, I decided to study by myself even though I'm not working in an accounting area. I wasn't quite confident at the beginning but as I see other people's who have/are done/doing the self-study, I've gained confidence.

    I think I'll order some BPP books to start with and see if they're any better than Osborne books. (what a big price difference!).

    If anyone have already studying with BPP books, could you comment on it please?

    Good luck to everyone!
  • Petana
    Petana Registered Posts: 72 Epic contributor 🐘
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    Juggling wrote: »
    Hi there,

    I'm starting Level 3 soon(whenever books arrive with me!) and I'm still looking for suitable books for self-study(I can use the library in my work place). I did the classroom course for my level 2 in my local college but it was a bit of drive after work. So I looked for other college nearby then the charge over £1200 tuition plus other associate fees and exam fees on top. Plus I didn't like the idea of doing the 2 units per week at the time. After careful consideration, I decided to study by myself even though I'm not working in an accounting area. I wasn't quite confident at the beginning but as I see other people's who have/are done/doing the self-study, I've gained confidence.

    I think I'll order some BPP books to start with and see if they're any better than Osborne books. (what a big price difference!).

    If anyone have already studying with BPP books, could you comment on it please?

    Good luck to everyone!

    Hi, I have done self-study in level 2 (BA1,2 and costing). I haven't seen Osborne books but I always felt pretty confident that BPP books cover all topics well and give you lots of examples and also chances to practice. I would not change them for another provider. My employer is now funding my studies so I want to try the online courses but might go back to self-study if I don't like it. Lots of people have self-studied and did well.

    Good luck and enjoy your level 3.
  • tawny75
    tawny75 Registered Posts: 22 Dedicated contributor 🦉
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    I really enjoyed my first session. I am the oldest by about 15 years and a couple of the people in my class were not even born when I last sat in a classroom. I found it really interesting and our tutor is really nice. I am currently doing my homework, I can honestly say that I never thought I would be doing homework at 37.
  • SashaDella
    SashaDella Registered Posts: 362
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    I enjoyed my first class to. My class is very mixed. 5 people over 40, and mostly people between 20 and 40. Was good to have support of others although I think its going to be too slow paced.

    We have Costing, AP1/2, Tax/Cash Management, and Spreadsheets/ethics. All on one day and study for the whole year and then have the exams in feb-june!
  • Pearce161
    Pearce161 Registered Posts: 57 Epic contributor 🐘
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    our course started this week, still havent got our txt books yet tho. Thurs we had to do the college mandatory english and maths skills test so hopefully will be getting stuck in this tuesday. AP1 first module, really looking forward to it, its felt like a long summer (if u can really call it summer given the terrible weather!) since we had our last lvl 2 exam!
  • chezr90
    chezr90 Registered Posts: 22 Dedicated contributor 🦉
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    It was great to be back in the class chucking ideas around and getting on with everyone, income statement & balance sheets were on the menu this week...wonder what we'll get up to tomorrow....
  • billdoor
    billdoor Registered Posts: 129 Beyond epic contributor 🧙‍♂️
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    Recently started Level 3 too, I got SPSW out of the way first and have my AP1 assessment this week.

    Am doing this level by myself using the BPP books which I used for Level 2 (distance learning). I find they generally cover the topics I need to know for the exam and I like the format of them. Having gotten used to the style and layout during Level 2 I will be sticking with the BPP books as I find the rhythm works for me - go through the workbook, doing Chapter Tasks and Test Your Learning within each chapter, then go through the whole Question Bank book, then finally do all the practice assessments that I can find.

    Has worked so far. Good luck with Level 3 everyone.
  • etoile06
    etoile06 Registered Posts: 1 New contributor 🐸
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    tawny75 wrote: »
    I really enjoyed my first session. I am the oldest by about 15 years and a couple of the people in my class were not even born when I last sat in a classroom. I found it really interesting and our tutor is really nice. I am currently doing my homework, I can honestly say that I never thought I would be doing homework at 37.
    I am just starting on Level 3 and am a mature student too and yes me too homework at my age! I am having to do all my studies remotely & online and I am loving it. I did Level 2 with Kaplan Live online Classroom which was fantastic and felt part of a class and able to interact with the lecturer and fellow student on the forum and during the lessons so didn't feel alone as I hadn't studied for over 25 years! I am doing a couple of modules ITX & PEAF with BPP and its ok but I miss online classroom and feel it drives me so think I will do AP1 with Kaplan though I prefer BPP textbooks as they fit in a handbag! Good luck to all :001_smile:
  • Pearce161
    Pearce161 Registered Posts: 57 Epic contributor 🐘
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    Just a quick question, those studying at college, was your AAT membership included in your course fees? My membership was up for renewal by september 1st but it was included in the level 3 course fees so havent paid it as my tutor instructed me not to. We haven't gone through the process yet at college and on myAAT obviously its states that my fees are overdue, just wondered if anyone else was in this situation?
  • SashaDella
    SashaDella Registered Posts: 362
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    My fees aren't covered, no one in the class has their fees covered. We also have to pay for books and any resits we need to take.
  • tawny75
    tawny75 Registered Posts: 22 Dedicated contributor 🦉
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    Same as above, college charge is for tuition and 7 exams only.
  • Pearce161
    Pearce161 Registered Posts: 57 Epic contributor 🐘
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    wow, how much was it if u dont mind me asking? ours covers fees, books and exams, we have to pay for re-sits. I go to calderdale college and it was £1377. I know the woman i'm covering maternity leave for was taking the course last year but she went to huddersfield because it was cheaper, but then it didnt include books or m'ship fees.
  • tawny75
    tawny75 Registered Posts: 22 Dedicated contributor 🦉
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    My course was £1188 including VAT.
  • kebab
    kebab Registered Posts: 2 New contributor 🐸
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    Hi,

    I am about to sign on to home study level 3, I am lucky enough to have know someone already doing level 3 that could lend me some reading material so I have a months worth of advance reading under my belt. I know my course will supply me the same Osbourne books that they did before, but is it worth cross-reading with other books. I noticed a few mention BPP books. Thoughts on this would be appreciated :)
  • Pearce161
    Pearce161 Registered Posts: 57 Epic contributor 🐘
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    I know at college they said they can get a better deal on the books, as they buy them for all 3 levels at once, but not sure how much of the cost is actually attributed to materials. Sounds like it works out a little cheaper tho, still havent sorted out our bloody m'ship yet though which is a bit annoying.
  • billdoor
    billdoor Registered Posts: 129 Beyond epic contributor 🧙‍♂️
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    kebab wrote: »
    I noticed a few mention BPP books. Thoughts on this would be appreciated :)

    I've used BPP for all of Level 2 and am on my third module of Level 3. I find the books suit me well, I like the format and they generally set me up quite nicely for the assessments.

    I did my last module (AP1) and my current module (AP2) using just the BPP books with no tutor etc and I passed AP1 so they must be doing something right. I'd recommend them to anyone.:001_smile:
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